Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has told the newly elected St Joseph Village Council that the fight against drug trafficking should form an integral part of its agenda.
Speaking at the inaugural meeting of the council on Wednesday night the Prime Minister said that the issue is one of major concern.
“I would want us to place on our agenda and our work program, our fight against drug trafficking and the use of drug and drug trafficking in Dominica. I can tell you that this is a major concern in the country because most of the crimes taking place in Dominica have to do with the use trafficking of drugs,” he said.
Prime Minister Skerrit also called for the assistance of the public to combat drugs and crime in Dominica.
“We have too many illegal guns in this country and we have to assist the state, we have to assist the police in fighting this. It cannot be the task of government and police alone. Crime is a societal problem and therefore it requires a societal response and therefore all of us must play our part at every level,” he pointed out.
According to the Prime Minister, fighting criminal activities is costing government “to spend too much of monies that it doesn’t have”.
“It means monies that we should be using for peoples development, we have to use divert it to national and regional security because security is important and we have to be able to feel safe to be able to walk the streets in Dominica at anytime,” he said.